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WATCH: Cole Swindell on the 'What Could Have Been' Story Behind His New Single 'Middle of a Memory'

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Cole Swindell performs “Middle of a Memory” and talks the inspiration behind the lyrics backstage at the Grand Ole Opry — and PEOPLE has an exclusive first look at the “Story Behind the Song” video.

“Middle of a Memory” is the follow up single off of the country singer’s second album, and the Georgia native says that it’s “meant to be lighthearted.”

Swindell, 33, explains the song is “about being out meeting somebody you’re into … and then all of a sudden she gets taken away from her friends.”

He adds: “It’s just a lot of what could have been, should have been.”

Getting to perform his single at the iconic Opry and give fans a behind the scenes look is significant for Swindell, who says that there’s “not more of a special place than this.”

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Swindell’s new EP Down Home Sessions III will be available digitally Oct. 28, and his annual Down Home Tour kicks off on Wednesday.